RuPaul's Drag Race UK (series 1)

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RuPaul's Drag Race UK
Broadcast from3 October 2019 (2019-10-03) –
present
JudgesRuPaul
Michelle Visage
Alan Carr
Graham Norton
Host(s)RuPaul
BroadcasterBBC Three (online) via iPlayer (UK)
WOW Presents Plus (International)
Competitors10
Runtime60 minutes (approx.)

The first series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK began airing on 3 October 2019 on the BBC Three section of BBC iPlayer and World of Wonder's WOW Presents Plus streaming service, and will consist of eight 60-minute episodes.[1] The cast was announced on 21 August on YouTube and Instagram.[2]

A song was released from Episode 5 of the series, "Break Up (Bye Bye)", which reached #35 in the UK Charts,[3] the first time any song released from a Drag Race series had charted on the UK Official Singles Chart.

Contestants[edit]

Ages, names, and cities stated are at time of filming.

Contestant Age Hometown Outcome
Baga Chipz 29 London TBD
Cheryl Hole 25 Essex TBD
Divina de Campo 35 West Yorkshire TBD
The Vivienne 26 Liverpool TBD
Blu Hydrangea 23 Belfast 5th Place
Crystal 34 London 6th Place
Sum Ting Wong 30 Birmingham 7th Place
Vinegar Strokes 34 London 8th Place
Scaredy Kat 19 Wiltshire 9th Place
Gothy Kendoll 21 Leicester 10th Place

Contestant Progress[edit]

Contestant 1 2 3 4 5 6
Baga Chipz HIGH WIN SAFE WIN WIN LOW
Divina de Campo SAFE SAFE WIN LOW WIN HIGH
The Vivienne WIN HIGH HIGH WIN BTM2 WIN
Cheryl Hole LOW LOW LOW SAFE LOW BTM2
Blu Hydrangea SAFE BTM2 SAFE SAFE WIN ELIM
Crystal SAFE SAFE HIGH BTM2 ELIM
Sum Ting Wong HIGH HIGH BTM2 ELIM
Vinegar Strokes BTM2 HIGH ELIM
Scaredy Kat SAFE ELIM
Gothy Kendoll ELIM
     The contestant won the challenge.
     The contestant received positive judges' critiques and was ultimately declared safe.
     The contestant received judges' critiques and was ultimately declared safe.
     The contestant received negative judges' critiques and was ultimately declared safe.
     The contestant was in the bottom.
     The contestant was eliminated.

Lip-syncs[edit]

Episode Contestants Song Eliminated
1 Gothy Kendoll vs. Vinegar Strokes "New Rules"
(Dua Lipa)
Gothy Kendoll
2 Blu Hydrangea vs. Scaredy Kat "Venus"
(Bananarama)
Scaredy Kat
3 Sum Ting Wong vs. Vinegar Strokes "Would I Lie to You?"
(Eurythmics)
Vinegar Strokes
4 Crystal vs. Sum Ting Wong "Spice Up Your Life"
(Spice Girls)
Sum Ting Wong
5 Crystal vs. The Vivienne "Power"
(Little Mix)
Crystal
6 Blu Hydrangea vs. Cheryl Hole "Call My Name
(Wideboys Remix)
(Cheryl)
Blu Hydrangea
     The contestant was eliminated after their first time in the bottom two.
     The contestant was eliminated after their second time in the bottom two.
     The contestant was eliminated after their third time in the bottom two.

Judges[edit]

Guest judges announced so far include Maisie Williams,[4] Geri Horner, Jade Thirlwall,[5] Andrew Garfield, Michaela Coel,[6] Cheryl, Twiggy,[7] Lorraine Kelly and Stacey Dooley.[8] Singer MNEK will appear as a vocal coach to the queens, and Curtis and AJ Pritchard will feature as choreographers.[9]

Guest Judges[edit]

Listed in chronological order:

Special guests[edit]

Guests who appeared in episodes, but did not judge on the main stage.

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"The Royal Queens"3 October 2019 (2019-10-03)

The first ten queens from around the UK entered the workroom. RuPaul introduced the queens to the first ever mini-challenge, a headless photoshoot with the Brit Crew. Scaredy Kat won the challenge. For the main challenge, each queen prepared two runway looks for the judges: one based on their hometown, and the other being adaptations of looks by Queen Elizabeth II throughout her life.

During the judges' critiques, Baga Chipz, Sum Ting Wong, and The Vivienne were praised for their looks and runway presentations, with the latter queen winning. Cheryl Hole, Gothy Kendoll, and Vinegar Strokes were criticized for their looks, all missing the mark with their Queen Elizabeth looks, while Cheryl was commended for her hometown look. Cheryl was declared safe from the bottom two, whilst Gothy and Vinegar lipsynced against each other to Dua Lipa's "New Rules"; Vinegar won the lip-sync, while Gothy became the first queen to sashay away.

  • Guest Judge: Andrew Garfield
  • Alternating Judges: Alan Carr
  • Mini-Challenge: "Off with your heads" photoshoot
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Scaredy Kat
  • Main Challenge: The queens must sashay down the runway in a Queen Elizabeth II inspired look, but first they must show another look that proves they are the Queen of their Hometown
  • Challenge Winner: The Vivienne
  • Main Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Gothy Kendoll & Vinegar Strokes
  • Lip Sync Song: "New Rules" by Dua Lipa
  • Eliminated: Gothy Kendoll
  • Farewell message: "Im the UK's Porkchop! Love you, friends for life! x x x Gothy"
2"Downton Draggy"10 October 2019 (2019-10-10)

At the start of the episode, previous challenge winner The Vivienne was asked to rank the queens from top to bottom. The Vivienne placed herself first and placed Scaredy Kat last. They were both then declared the team leaders for the challenge. They chose their teams from the remaining queens and each team performed a costume drama sketch for the judges based loosely on Downton Abbey.

The theme for the runway was 'Bond girl Glama-o-rama'. Team The Vivienne were declared the winning team, and Baga Chipz was declared the challenge winner. On the losing team, Scaredy, Blu, and Cheryl were critiqued for lacklustre performances, while Divina and Crystal received mostly positive feedback. Blu and Scaredy were placed in the bottom two. The pair then lip-synced to "Venus" by Bananarama; Blu won the lip sync and Scaredy was eliminated from the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Maisie Williams
  • Alternating Judges: Graham Norton
  • Main Challenge: Perform in drag film adaptations of Downton Abbey
  • Runway Theme: Bond Girl Glama-o-rama’
  • Challenge Winner: Baga Chipz
  • Main Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Blu Hydrangea and Scaredy Kat
  • Lip Sync Song: "Venus" by Bananarama
  • Eliminated: Scaredy Kat
  • Farewell message: "Scaredy the whole way. 19 now, what's gonna happen when I'm 35. :P Thanks girls. Cya later! Meowx"
3"Posh on a Penny"17 October 2019 (2019-10-17)

The mini challenge at the start of the episode was a country fair where the queens showed off their dance moves around a maypole - Cheryl was the mini challenge winner. For the main challenge, the queens had to create outfits from car-boot sale items sold by Raven from second season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.

Crystal, The Vivienne and Divina were praised for their runway creations, while Sum Ting, Vinegar and Cheryl were criticised. Divina was declared the winner of the challenge, while Sum Ting and Vinegar were placed in the bottom two. The pair lip-synced to "Would I Lie To You?" by Eurythmics. Sum Ting was declared the winner and Vinegar, having landed in the bottom for the second time, was eliminated from the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Twiggy
  • Special Guest: Raven
  • Alternating Judges: Graham Norton
  • Mini-Challenge: Do some intriguing dance moves around a maypole, whilst music changes.
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Cheryl Hole
  • Main Challenge: Create a show-stopping outfit from junk found at a car boot sale
  • Challenge Winner: Divina De Campo
  • Main Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Sum Ting Wong and Vinegar Strokes
  • Lip Sync Song: "Would I Lie To You?" by Eurythmics
  • Eliminated: Vinegar Strokes
  • Farewell message: "Long live the OG RPDRUK SLAAAAGS! You're all amazing ♥️ Hodge Podge FOREVER! xxx"
4"Snatch Game"24 October 2019 (2019-10-24)

Ru announces that the main challenge will be Snatch Game where the queens have to impersonate different celebrities. Judge Alan Carr joins Ru for his walk through and gives advice to the queens. In the Snatch Game, Lorraine Kelly and Stacey Dooley star as guest judges. Baga plays Margaret Thatcher, Blu impersonates Mary Berry, Cheryl plays Gemma Collins, Crystal impersonates Rue McClanahan, Divina plays Julia Child, Sum Ting impersonates Sir David Attenborough, and The Vivienne plays Donald Trump.

On the main stage, the runway theme is genetically-modified drag queens. After the runway, Blu and Cheryl are declared safe and Blu is commended by Ru for her performance in the challenge. Baga and The Vivienne are both praised for their performances in the challenge. However, Crystal, Divina, and Sum Ting are criticized for their performances. Ru then declares both Baga and The Vivienne the challenge winners, and Crystal and Sum Ting are placed in the bottom two. After they lipsync to "Spice Up Your Life" by the Spice Girls, Crystal was declared the winner, and Sum Ting, having landed in the bottom for the second time, was eliminated from the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Geri Horner
  • Guest Snatch Game Participants: Lorraine Kelly & Stacey Dooley
  • Alternating Judges: Alan Carr
  • Main Challenge: Snatch Game - their best celebrity impersonations
  • Runway Theme: Genetically-modified
  • Challenge Winner: Baga Chipz and The Vivienne
  • Main Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Crystal & Sum Ting Wong
  • Lip Sync Song: "Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls
  • Eliminated: Sum Ting Wong
  • Farewell message: "Love you ALL! Believe in yourselves more than I believe in me you've got in the bag ♥️ Love you long time xoxo STW"
5"Girl Group Battle Royale"31 October 2019 (2019-10-31)

The mini challenge at the start of the episode was a trip to library as Reading is FUNDAMENTAL! Crystal won the mini challenge and chose Cheryl and The Vivienne as part of Filth Harmony while the remaining queens formed The Frock Destroyers. With the help of Grammy-nominated singer and producer MNEK, the two newly formed girl groups record vocals and perform their own versions of the song "Break Up (Bye Bye)".

On the main stage, the runway theme is "Day at the Races". After the runway, The Frock Destroyers were the winners of the challenge, with all three members winning the maxi-challenge for the first time in Drag Race history. Cheryl is commended by Ru for her performance in the challenge but is critiqued by Michelle for her runway look. Cheryl is ultimately declared safe, leaving The Vivienne and Crystal in the bottom two. After they lipsync to "Power" by Little Mix, The Vivienne was declared the winner, and Crystal, having landed in the bottom two for the second time, was eliminated from the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Jade Thirlwall
  • Alternating Judges: Graham Norton
  • Mini-Challenge: Reading is Fundamental
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Crystal
  • Main Challenge: Record vocals and perform in a girl group.
  • Runway Theme: Day at the Races
  • Challenge Winner: Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, and Divina de Campo
  • Main Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Crystal & The Vivienne
  • Lip Sync Song: "Power" by Little Mix
  • Eliminated: Crystal
  • Farewell message: "YOU'RE A BUNCH OF UGLY, TALENTLESS LITTLE WITCHES - I'M GOING TO MISS YOU!! X"
6"Thirsty Werk"7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)

Divina is upset with The Vivienne for not acknowledging her as a true drag queen. Ru brings along six Brit crew for the mini challenge. The queens have to guess what's in the pants; Boxers, Briefs or Commando. Divina won the mini challenge. For the maxi challenge, Ru asked them to create an advert and brand themselves by selling bottled water.

Instead of a video call (as promised), Divina receives a surprise visit from Katya of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 and runner up of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars 2. The queens discussed the club night scene in the UK and how to manage anxiety and turbulent emotions mid-competition.

On the main stage, the runway theme is "Rainy Day Eleganza". After the runway, The Vivienne won the maxi challenge and Divina was declared safe. Ultimately, Baga is declared safe, leaving Blu and Cheryl Hole in the bottom two. After they lipsync to "Call My Name (Wideboys Remix)" by Cheryl, Cheryl Hole was declared the winner, and Blu, having landed in the bottom two for the second time, was eliminated from the competition.

  • Guest Judge: Cheryl
  • Special Guest: Katya Zamolodchikova
  • Alternating Judges: Graham Norton
  • Mini-Challenge: Boxers, Briefs or Commando
  • Mini-Challenge Winner: Divina de Campo
  • Mini-Challenge Prize: A video call and insider advice from RuPaul's Drag Race Royalty Katya
  • Main Challenge: Marketing and designing one's own brand of bottled water and campaign
  • Challenge Winner: The Vivienne
  • Main Challenge Prize: RuPeter Badge
  • Bottom Two: Cheryl Hole & Blu Hydrangea
  • Lip Sync Song: "Call My Name (Wideboys Remix)" by Cheryl
  • Eliminated: Blu Hydrangea
  • Farewell message: "Not just a look queen! BLU came, BLU slayed, BLU conquered for N.I.! Love you ALL! Blu Hydrangea ♡"

References[edit]

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